Monday, September 16, 2013

2nd installment of NOJHL's weekly "3 Stars" announced

Press Release

SUDBURY – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League announced Monday that the trio of Brennen Dubchak, Jeremy Picard-Fiset and Anthony Miller have been recognized in the second installment of the “3 Stars” of the week for the 2013-14 season.

Dubchak of the Espanola Rivermen, Picard-Fiset of the Kirkland Lake Gold Miners and Miller of the Soo Thunderbirds all played pivotal roles in seeing their respective club record multiple victories this past week.

BRENNEN DUBCHAK, (F), ESPANOLA RIVERMEN – Saturday saw the soon to be 20-year-old forward, who hails from Kenora, Ont., become the latest skater in the NOJHL to register a hat-trick already this season while also adding an assist in a 5-0 blanking of Blind River.

Dubchak erupted in the first period in that triumph over the Beavers by striking shorthanded for the game-winning goal before adding two more at even strength along with drawing a helper before the opening stanza was complete to help lead the Rivermen to their third consecutive win.

His four-point performance ties him for the highest single-game output in the NOJHL so far this season and he also nabbed a share of the early league-lead in shorthanded efforts.

JEREMY PICARD-FISET, (D), KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD MINERS – With the Gold Miners off to a flying start and scoring the most goals in the NOJHL so far while also allowing, on average, the fewest markers against, much of that credit goes to Picard-Fiset, the Kirkland Lake defenceman who has been a vital cog in each of those categories.

The 19-year-old Barraute, Que., native notched his first goal of the 2013-14 campaign, in a shutout victory over Sault Ste. Marie Friday and then set-up the deciding tally in a triumph over Abitibi Sunday, which marked the second time he has assisted on a game-winner this season in helping the Marc Lafleur-coached side start off 5-0.

His five helpers have Picard-Fiset sharing the NOJHL assist lead and he is furthermore knotted for third in overall points with six.

ANTHONY MILLER, (F), SOO THUNDERBIRDS – The efforts of the Thunderbirds’ veteran forward helped his club take two of three on a tough weekend road trip.

Following a shutout loss to league-leading Kirkland Lake Friday, Miller led his team to victory Saturday over Abitibi dishing out three assists, including setting-up the game winner in a 5-2 win over the Eskimos.

Miller, who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, then capped off his weekend in fine style for his hometown club by scoring on a wonderful individual effort in the second overtime to lift the T-Birds to a dramatic 3-2 decision in North Bay.

This marked the second time in as many outings he has notched the game-winner against the Trappers, putting him in a tie for the league lead in that department with two. Miller, who has had a hand in each of his team’s three wins to date, is also tied for third in total points in the NOJHL with six.

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

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